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IN THE REGION

March 24, 2009

Rawlings-Blake calls for openness by police

City Council President Stephanie C. Rawlings-Blake is asking the Baltimore Police Department to post more crime information online, as other major police departments do. She also wants the department to consider a policy used in Chicago of posting the final reviews of police-involved shootings online. "This could be a good balance between protecting officers and bringing transparency to the public," Rawlings-Blake said. The City Council president has been critical of a new Police Department policy of withholding the names of officers who shoot civilians, saying that it was developed without appropriate input from the community. The Police Department is reviewing that policy.

Annie Linskey

Senator foreclosure auction to be April 20

A foreclosure auction of Baltimore's Senator Theatre has been scheduled for 10 a.m. April 20 at the Baltimore City Courthouse, 111 N. Calvert St. This month, 1st Mariner Bank declared its intent to foreclose after Senator owner Tom Kiefaber fell months behind in loan payments and owed about $900,000, according to bank officials. The Senator stopped selling tickets March 15. The single-screen theater has been the site of many star-studded movie openings and events.

Cohen plans to run for Annapolis mayor

Joshua J. Cohen, an Anne Arundel County councilman, plans to announce Saturday that he will run to be Annapolis' next mayor. Cohen, 35, a lifelong Annapolis resident, has served on the council since 2006. He represents District 6, which borders the City of Annapolis. He works as a program director for the nonprofit Maryland Crime Victims' Resource Center.

Tyeesha Dixon

Woman shot on her front porch dies

A young woman was shot Monday night while standing on the front porch of her East Baltimore home and died a short time later at a hospital, a city police spokesman said. Her name was withheld pending notification of family members, said Agent Donny Moses, the spokesman. No arrest had been made, he said. Shortly after 8 p.m., the woman, believed to be in her early 20s, walked out of her rowhouse in the 500 block of N. Ellwood Ave. in the Ellwood Park/Monument neighborhood and was standing on the front porch when she was shot at least once in the head, Moses said. He said she was taken to Johns Hopkins Hospital, where she died about 30 minutes later.

Richard Irwin, Justin Fenton

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